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Everton vs Manchester City Prediction & Match Preview

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20 March 2021 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET FA CUP Goodison Park

All eyes will be on Goodison Park when Everton and Manchester City face each other in the FA Cup quarter-finals. 


The Toffees recorded a thrilling 5-4 win over Tottenham in the previous round, but Man City are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Carlo Ancelotti’s troops than their previous rivals. 

Colombia ace James Rodriguez should find it hard to recover for Saturday’s clash.

The Citizens, on the other hand, look unstoppable in 2021, and it is no wonder they are seen as hot favourites to win the match. 

Kevin de Bruyne should be recalled to the starting XI after he was rested in the Premier League win over Fulham. 

Man City are more of a team than Everton, who experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 2-1 loss to Burnley. Pep Guardiola should have a full squad to choose from.

Everton vs Manchester City: Prediction

Cup fixtures tend to bring out some fascinating football matches and when it comes to a side that is as brimming with potential as Everton is, there is every chance of an upset. Having said that, this season, Manchester City have become a ruthless side that is hardly slipping up and despite getting a scare, they should hold their own and escape by the narrowest of margins. The Hard Tackle goes for a 2-1 win for Pep Guardiola & co.


Team News:

Everton are in somewhat of a goalkeeping crisis with Jordan Pickford ruled out and Robin Olsen uncertain, so Joao Virginia could act as the last line of defence if Olsen is not given the green light to play.

Abdoulaye Doucoure, James Rodriguez, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain out, so Ancelotti's hand is largely forced in midfield, although Gylfi Sigurdsson could replace Alex Iwobi in the number 10 role.

Yerry Mina and Seamus Coleman will both be holding out for recalls to the defence, while Joshua King is cup-tied but was never expected to earn a start over Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

With Nathan Ake now back in the squad and fully fit, Guardiola has no injury concerns at all for the quarter-final, so the Spaniard's infamous rotation is expected to strike again this week.

Zack Steffen could once again be handed an opportunity to impress in goal despite the calibre of their opponents, while Ake, Aymeric Laporte and Zinchenko - despite the latter's minor tiff with Guardiola - are all pushing for starts in defence as well.

Both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus only made the bench in the Champions League, so the former should be ready to start another game this weekend, while Raheem Sterling has dismissed rumours of a row with Guardiola and is also in contention to feature.

Everton possible starting lineup:
Olsen; Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Digne; Allan, Davies, Gomes; Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Torres, Aguero, Sterling


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